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We Are All the Same

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  843 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews

The extraordinary story of the little South African boy whose bravery and fierce determination to make a difference despite being born with AIDS has made him the human symbol of the world's fight against the disease, told by the veteran American journalist whose life he changed.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Tantor Media, Inc. (first published December 1st 2004)
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Annie Mesaros
Jul 04, 2012 Annie Mesaros rated it it was amazing
The author does a great job of painting a picture of Nkosi's humanness, his connection with the past, present, and future of his society and country, and in so doing, makes the reader feel as though they too are connected to something bigger than themselves. Wooten points out that Nkosi, a young boy born HIV-positive, is a part of many families--not just his biological and foster families, but many others as well: The family that all black South Africans are a part of, that of all people who are ...more
Deb Stern
Dec 12, 2014 Deb Stern rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, sweet, sad story of a mother(Daphne)putting her child before herself, another woman(Gail)strong and selfless, and a little, brave boy(Nkosi)that will live in my heart from this day forward. The story of these real life people is woven within daunting statistics of the HIV/AIDS outbreak in Africa. I am so bad at remembering names, but I will not forget these incredible people.
Oct 07, 2007 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an absolutley amazing work of non-fiction. It details the life of a young African boy born HIV positive, who is given up for adoption by his mother who is gravely ill from full-blown AIDS. A white South African family adopts him, knowing full well that his ailments will eventually overcome him and that they will have to pay out of their pockets for his care. This young boy naturally becomes a part of the AIDS advocacy work in which his family is so involved in Africa and does some r ...more
Lisa Hale
May 30, 2015 Lisa Hale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enlightening book on South Africa AIDS crisis and wonderful story of a very brave boy, Nkosi
Marjie Smith
Jan 03, 2015 Marjie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert
This is the amazing story of a young South African Zulu boy named Nikosi, whose HIV-positive mother inadvertently passed on the virus to him in the womb. This story interweaves Nikosa’s struggle to survive with South Africa’s terrible history of its treatment of blacks and its road to recovery. The book constructs the historical and environmental context for the rapid spread of the HIV virus in the country, describing how the Zulu homeland, along with that of other groups, was taken
Leigh Anne
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Jerrod Carter
Jan 20, 2015 Jerrod Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Add up the trifecta of poverty, apartheid and AIDS and you sure get a horrifying story of human misery. From this stench of human failings, Jim Wooten carries forth the story of courage portrayed in Gail Johnson who passed on her fighting spirit to her foster son, Nkosi. Nkosi had all the strikes against him as he came into this world, even receiving HIV from his mother during his birth.

He survived many great obstacles to grow into boy who helped combat the ignorance, both innocent and wanton, t
Aug 15, 2013 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This whole book could have been one magazine article. It dragged, and repeated, and dragged some more. Stick to TV Mr. Wooten. But kudos on reminding us of a great true story.
Jul 01, 2007 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true story written by journalist Jim Wooten about his experiences with a family in S. Africa in which a little boy is suffering from AIDS. Soon to be a movie...
Jessica Vekas
Feb 20, 2015 Jessica Vekas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an amazing story of a young black african boy and his journey through life born hiv positive. His birth mothers surrender of him and his unofficial adoption by white african. Their fight for his education, medicine and the aids community. Born into a country that covered up or denied the existence of hiv and aids throughout his life he and his mother Gail fought to better and enhance the life's of so many. I laughed and cried at Nkosi fought so courageously for a haven for mother's ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Lark rated it liked it
(Spoiler alert)
This book is a narrative of two families' interconnection--one Zulu, and one Anglo South African. The politics of South Africa and, to a lesser degree, of HIV infection, are interwoven with the families' narrative as it focuses on Nkosi, one South African boy living with HIV.

One senses not only that this is a book meant for the general, lay reader, and that the author had a limited kind of permission, emotionally, with his subjects. That is, the intensity of the subject, and the
Jul 10, 2013 Missi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely believe that everyone should read this book. Parents and children alike. We in the US forget or sometimes, don't know, things that the rest of the planet has to deal with. I was sickened by the policies and the stubbornness of President Mbeki. The absurdity and stupidity of the statements and policies he was making were making me crazy. The aid that he turned away. He wanted all of the victims of AIDS to suffer and die, It seemed that it was his way of cleaning the slate, but his po ...more
Jan 22, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in an amazing account of the life of truly courageous 12 child and his mothers.
Recommended to Megan by: randomly found it at Borders
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir
This book is amazing. One of the best books I have ever read. This is a true account of one reporters visits with a boy named Nkosi (HIV positive), his mother Daphne, and his adopted mother Gail. Gives great history of South Africa and the Aids Crisis and how this crisis has come to be such an epidemic in South Africa. Amazing story of love and courage. Here's the book info:

From Publishers Weekly
The author, an award-winning senior correspondent for ABC News, has written an extraordinarily movin
Mar 15, 2012 Alina rated it it was amazing
We Are All the Same: A Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love
By Jim Wooten
Reviewed by Alina Oswald

He is the Zulu boy who carries his mother's virus and who, because of his mother's last brave and selfless act before her death, ends up in the care of Gail Johnson, a white South African woman in charge of an AIDS hospice for white patients. Soon, Gail becomes Nkosi's foster mother and, together, they make history: they succeed in pursuing the authorities to allow HIV positive children to go
Connie Tinoco
Jul 15, 2013 Connie Tinoco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wooten, Jim. We Are All The Same. New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. Print.

Wooten tells the story of Nkosi Johnson, a boy born in South Africa with the infected HIV virus. While Wooten tells his story, the reader learns the tragedies South African citizens had to go through because of the government’s denial of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Their stubborn refusal to actively search for a solution not only stonewalled progressive research, it allowed HIV & AIDS to grow exponentially. This source gi
Faith Gray
Nov 25, 2012 Faith Gray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nkosi is born with HIV...his mom has AIDS and eventually can not take care of him. Left at an adult home for those with HIV / AIDS Gail Johnson eventually adopts him. He lives to be 12 years old because he lives in a clean home with food and medicine. He becomes a spokesperson for HIV / AIDS cause. You can feel the tension between the relationships of Gail's family and Nkosi's family. The author finds himself looking at the disease in a more personal way after meeting Nkosi. I recommend it to ev ...more
Frances Leboe
Jul 28, 2015 Frances Leboe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just an amazing book. Eye opening to the social and political issues that have allowed AIDS to ravage Africa. The courage of Nkosi Johnson is inspiring in his fight against AIDS. So frustrating to see the denial of the problem by government. I had no idea that this recently anyone was denying that AIDS existed and was withholding effective medications that could've saved many.
Everyone should read this book.
There's now way you will read this book and not be moved by the love, compassion and strength of the young South African boy Nkosi Johnson and his adopted mother Gail as told by former ABC News correspondent and author Jim Wooten.

Jul 31, 2012 Abe rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. The story of Nkosi was truly inspiring. To know that he never even had a chance at life being born with AIDS, he still remained positive and upbeat. He seriously makes you look at your own life's priorities. To have Nelson Mandela recognize you and have wonderful words to say about you would have been an amazing accomplishment for Nkosi if he were alive to see it. His mother's dedication to her son and his health was powerful, to find him treatment with Gail Johnson, wa ...more
Josh Mcnair
Jan 15, 2015 Josh Mcnair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting story of a very courageous boy and his adoptive mother. Helped me to think about the Aids epidemic and its history in places like South Africa. Glad I stumbled on this one.
Tammy Crompton
May 06, 2014 Tammy Crompton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short, yet heart wrenching book about a young boys struggle to live in a world foreign to most of us. Very moving and very informative.
Dec 30, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring and sad story of a young boy born with AIDS and his adopted mother's battle for his life and dignity.
Sharon Berg
Apr 14, 2016 Sharon Berg added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book club
Really informative on the situation in Africa, concerning the AIDS situation. A good read.
Great story of courage in joburg. HIV, AIDS, adoption, strength and ignorance of SA government
Mar 22, 2016 Erinthefunk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been summed up in a magazine article. Very repetitive.
Nancy Wilson
Jun 18, 2015 Nancy Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We Are All The Same is an incredible book.
Jan 19, 2015 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a great read and a great inspirational story. A true story that everybody needs to read.
Jun 24, 2012 Lola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young black boy in Africa is taken in by a white woman; he is suffering with AIDS; race inequality in the country & a government that won't acknowledge the AIDS virus. She is part of a home for men with AIDS & she & the child become well known for his courage with his disease & her
care of the boy as they make the war on AIDS known.
I read a lot & am an impatient reader--I didn't like reading all the statistics in the book but
that's just me; it's written by a reporter in a re
Feb 23, 2015 Monk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would have been an excellent series of articles, stretched painfully to the length of a book.
Tyron Miralda
Nov 07, 2014 Tyron Miralda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing story very good book!
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